Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Series: Hex Hall #1
Pages: 336
Publication: March, 2010
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Reviewed By: Amber R.

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.
As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

This book was an unexpected delight for me. I hadn't read any reviews and I didn't know anyone had read it so I kinda went into it blind. However, the story is great. It's charming and there is mystery, fun, and a great plot.

Sophie is a teenage witch. She can do spells and things to make things that she wants to happen...happen. But she's not that good at it and her spells usually backfire. She lives only with her mom and they've moved around a lot. So she doesn't have any friends. But she does one spell that goes foul so she gets sent to a boarding school for wayward supernaturals. There were some things that led up to this but this was the final straw.

Once she's there things start off rocky. She's roomed with a vampire, she finds out some really big things about her dad that she never knew, and there is a group of other witches that are hounding her to join her coven. However, the girls are kinda creepy so Sophie isn't really interested and the girls don't take it well. Also, once she starts at the school she finds out the a girl was killed there. Things of course don't stay tame. 

It really surprised me how much I liked this book. It was super funny. I have a few quotes that I'm going to list that I thought were super awesome. You guys should definitely read this series if you haven't yet.

Oh my God. Regret cake? Whatever was about to happen must be truly evil. 

There was a sensible part of me somewhere that clutched its pearls and hissed that I better not give up my V-card in a cellar, but when Archer's hands slid under my shirt and onto the skin of my back, I started thinking that the cellar was as good a place as any. 

Now, Sophia, would you care to tell me why you're here by the pond instead of reporting to your next class?

I'm experiencing some teenage angst, Mrs. Casnoff, I answered. I need to, like, write in my journal or something.


  1. Nice review, I'll put this one on my wishlist.

  2. I really liked this one as well, I was surprised because I didn't expect to! I'm curious to see how the second is.

    1. I didn't really expect anything from it so I was pleasantly surprised. It was a really good book. I'm looking forward to checking out the rest of this series.

  3. I love this series. I realize its more MG than YA but RW made it so appealing


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